Point-Counterpoint: Barefoot Running: Is It Here To Stay Or Just A Passing Fad?
- Volume 24 - Issue 4 - April 2011
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Additionally, despite studies that demonstrate an altered gait pattern, stronger plantar intrinsics, reduced impact forces, improved proprioception and reduced energy expenditure, none of these findings support improved performance or a reduced injury rate. However, it is my opinion that when satisfactory studies can be compiled, those advantages that have thus far been extrapolated to result in reduced injuries and/or improved performance will, in fact, be found to actually do so.
I believe barefoot running is here to stay because many coaches are increasingly incorporating barefoot running into their training programs in the belief that it does strengthen the feet and improve balance. I also believe future studies will validate some of the current claims made about barefoot running.
Dr. Jenkins is a Professor of Podiatric Medicine at the Arizona School of Podiatric Medicine at Midwestern University in Glendale, Arizona. He is a Fellow and Board member of the American Academy of Podiatric Sports Medicine.